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April 21, 22 & 23
Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage

This year’s Spring Conference focuses on both building new leaders within the Association and preparing educators in their schools and classrooms with trainings on technology, storytelling, childhood trauma, ELLs, and Alaska Native history and culture. Additionally, we have keynote speakers covering current issues facing ESPs and teachers in our state, smart financial planning strategies, and the future of NEA-Alaska.

Members will be able to tailor this Spring Conference experience to their interests by selecting from different day-long or four-hour trainings and workshops to engage in classroom-related professional development, union engagement, or both. Thus, you will be able to learn about a variety of topics, or, dive deep into the details of one area you find most intriguing.

Conference check-in will be available starting at 3pm on Friday afternoon with the conference beginning at 4:30pm. The evening program will begin at 7pm following dinner at 6:30pm. The conference will conclude at noon on Sunday, so please make travel arrangements accordingly. Click here to see the whole agenda.

Frequently Asked Questions:

While all NEA-Alaska members are welcome to attend Spring Conference, we especially encourage you to attend, if you are:

  • A member who has never attended an NEA-Alaska conference before
  • A member who wants to be more involved and active in the Association
  • A member who is an up-and-coming leader
  • A member looking for professional growth

If you are interested in attending, please contact your local president for approval. Once you’ve received approval, register as soon as possible, as space is limited (deadline to register is April 13th). Lastly, if you are from outside Anchorage, book your travel and hotel once you have registered.

NEA-Alaska will reimburse roundtrip airfare (best value as of April 13th) to Anchorage to attend Spring Conference for 3 members from each local (excluding Anchorage and Mat-Su locals). Locals may send additional members at their own cost.

Travel from outside the Anchorage area must be authorized by your local president prior to purchasing your airlines ticket (or mileage if applicable) for reimbursement purposes. Once you have received approval from your local president to attend, please make your travel arrangements no later than April 13 to obtain the best airfare. Reimbursement also includes mileage (if applicable), cab fare and/or parking with original receipts. Please keep all boarding passes and a copy of your itinerary showing how your airline ticket was paid for, as required documentation when submitting for reimbursement. If applicable, you will be reimbursed up to the mileage cost of airfare (best value possible).

For cab fare to and from the airport, you must have a receipt. If you share a cab, please provide the names of those sharing the cab.

All costs associated with lodging will be the responsibility of the local and/or individual member.

You can make your hotel reservations online or call the Captain Cook at 800.843.1950 or 907.276.6000. Please use group code: NEASPRING17 when booking to get the $99 rate (+ tax) for a single/double.

The Reservation Deadline is April 13, 2017. Rooms will be released from our block after this date and we cannot guarantee availability or rate. Please make your reservations early.

Please check out our Roommate Forum as a place to connect with other members in need of a roommate for Spring Conference.

Captain Cook Hotel amenities include:

Wi-Fi: Free high-speed wifi throughout the hotel.

Health & Fitness: The hotel is providing free use of the facilities to NEA-Alaska conference attendees. The facilities include separate men’s and women’s athletic clubs, Swedish saunas, steam rooms and full-size indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi whirlpool spa, circuit training room, racquetball court, aerobic and aquatic classes. Note that there are costs associated with suntan beds and massages.

NEA-Alaska will provide Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch, and Sunday breakfast. All other meals are on your own. Please note that all participants are expected to attend the conference meals provided by NEA-Alaska.

For attendees who specified special meal requirements when they registered, a yellow ticket will be found in the backside of your name badge. Please show this ticket to a server to get your meals.

Diamond Parking has provided NEA-Alaska conference attendees a special rate for their “open lot” located between 5th & 6th Avenue on K Street. The following options may be purchased by the day or up to 3 days. These rates can be accessed from any of the kiosks located in the parking lot.

  • 1 – day Rate $16 (12 hours or less – expiring at 11:59 pm same day)
  • 2 – days Rate $32 (expires in 48 hours from the time you select this rate)
  • 3 – days Rate $45 (3 days, expires at 5 pm on Sunday, April 23)

The above selections provide “in & out” access to the lot and you may park in any numbered space. Be sure and keep your pass visible at all times. NEA-Alaska will reimburse up to $16 per day with receipts. Street parking is also free on Saturday and Sunday.

No course credit will be offered at this Spring Conference.

If you have questions, please contact Trisha Allen at or phone (907) 274-0536 or 1-800-996-3225.